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Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy Certificate

Prepare for professional development and advancement through advocacy with the last cohort for this program starting Fall 2024.

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Position Yourself as a Visionary Early Childhood Leader

This program is designed for candidates who have completed a bachelor’s degree and currently work with children and families. Develop strong skills in management, working with adults, policy influence, and advocacy, that can be used in a variety of settings.

Make a positive impact on the lives of young children and their families. Advocate for policies that are in their best interest.

Online Leadership & Advocacy Certificate Program Highlights

Develop Leadership Expertise to Advance Your Career

The last term to begin this program is Fall 2024. Submit your application by August 2. This last cohort will complete their certificate in Spring 2026.

30 Credit Hours

2 Year Program


3 Term Starts

Fall, Spring or Summer

$775 Credit Hour

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Am I Good Candidate for the Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy Certificate Program?

You are well-suited for this program if you work in supportive ECE programs like:

  • Early education, after-school care and libraries
  • Museums education
  • Childcare resource and referral
  • Child and family support services



Career Paths

Open New Doors with Your Leadership & Advocacy Certificate Program

Once you graduate, you’ll be able to put your degree to work right away. Here are a few of the roles Erikson graduates take on after graduation:

  • Center/program director
  • Educational coordinator
  • Early childhood education teacher


  • Parent coordinator
  • Childcare home provider

Explore a Few of the Certificate Courses

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Administration of Early Childhood Programs 1: Leadership, Management and Community Relations
This course focuses the organizational factors in administering and supervising programs for young children and their families.
Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy
This course is designed to enrich the perspective and enhance the capacity of diverse child advocates who want to ensure early childhood policy leads to improved quality, and increased access and equity for young children and their families.
Working With Adults: Collaboration and Supervision
This course is designed to help students work collaboratively with parents, other family members, and colleagues in diverse and inclusive infant, preschool, and school-age settings.
Jeanette Banashak
Jeanette Banashak
PhD, EdD, Senior Instructor
“ There is a tremendous need for early childhood education leaders who understand child development, leadership principles, and the essential legal and financial elements of leading a business. There is also a need for leaders who have a vision and the skills to advocate for continuous improvements in the services provided to young children and their families. ”
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Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

Financial Aid Options  Tuition and Fees


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Apply Now for Priority Scholarship Considerations

Applications received by March 15th (for Fall) and November 15th (for Spring & Summer) will receive primary consideration for scholarship awards.